United Fans Sink to All Time LowPeter Houghton
There is no doubt that when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm, Manchester United, on the field scaled new heights. The 1999 Treble Winners were the masters of their department, winning trophies galore and resetting the bar for whatever was to follow.
What followed was a resignation from the Red Knight, a scramble to replace him and whatever the Reds have tried to pull out of the hat, it hasn’t been a lucky rabbit, more a rabbit caught in the headlights in terms of what is happening across the city at the Etihad.
Despite the fact that United have since spent close on a billion on different footballers, things haven’t been fully operational on the field and this has caused almost anarchy off it which last evening culminated is a cowardly attack on the home of Ed Woodward, the Club’s Executive Vice- Chairman.
The images from social media suggest that the actions of a small minority of United “fans” have plumbed new depths in their treatment of a man who has held the off-field performance of the Club together against the background of adversity on it. Newcastle United fans have been unhappy at “him upstairs” for years. Arsenal have been disgruntled that Arsene Wenger stayed too long. Their protests have involved non-attendance, leaving early, flags, banners and the like but not this.
I’m sure, as Safety Officers, where the security of players and key personnel is often dropped on our toes, this kind of behaviour cannot be seen as acceptable in any shape or form and only creates additional pressures for us.
The Daily Mail, had the following to say…